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The Melting Pot

609 N. Dearborn

312-573-0011 or meltingpot.com

In the neon-lit land of giant theme restaurants around Ohio and Dearborn, with a sign so small you'd miss it if you weren't looking, is the Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant with free chocolate and cheese for ladies every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the lounge.

A friend and I had no trouble getting a seat around 6 and were served a basket of fresh bread and a veggie plate almost immediately, followed soon by a steaming bowl of gooey Swiss. Since dinner was gratis we splurged on a $28 bottle of Shiraz. Dessert was a chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and pineapple. --Megan Roberts

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